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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Still Waters Run Deep: When everybody's Irish

  • This past weekend marked another slosh fest in Scranton...I mean the Saint Patrick's Day Parade.
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  • This past weekend marked another slosh fest in Scranton...I mean the Saint Patrick's Day Parade.
    I opted out of the festivities mainly to avoid all the crazies that come out when they had a few, especially given when most are drunk by 10 a.m. (maybe even 9:30).
    While watching the parade on TV I turned to my parents and said, "for as many people there are on the streets watching, the bars must be packed with that many more."
    It is true afterall.
    The luck of the Irish for sure. "Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day" is the saying. At least they all like to claim it, wearing shirts like Kiss me I'm Irish, Magically Delicious, and anything in between. I even found ones that say I'm not Irish, kiss me anyway and I'm not Irish but I drink like I am.
    Those in charge of the parade in Scranton have their heads elsewhere or something. They always do the parade a week ahead of the actual holiday, even if St. Patrick's Day falls on a weekend.
    I overheard someone say the other day that Scranton wants a full weekend and not just one day for the drinking. If they're so concerned about having a "full weekend" for the bars to make a ton of money, then they can still do the parade on a Saturday, even if St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday (as it does this year.)
    They love seeing the crowds, especially the bars. I'm not promoting more drinking. I'm just making the point that it would make sense to have the parade as close to the actual holiday as they can.
    Parade or not next week, people are going to be drinking anyway. Would it be bad for Scranton to have the parade that same weekend? No.
    As for the "everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day" saying, I'm one of the ones who get to say I'm Irish all year round.
    So here it is, the best saying of all: Kiss me, I'm Irish.
    Waters is a staff writer for The Wayne Independent and can be reached at kwaters@wayneindependent.com
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